Posted by Tom on Jul 02, 2014
Nosy Crow’s Little Red Riding Hood app has won the Booktrust Best Book Award in the Tech Stuff category. The award, celebrating innovative use of technology in children’s books, was voted for by school children across the country, and Little Red Riding Hood beat out the iBook edition of David Walliams’ The Slightly Annoying Elephant to top the poll. You can read more about the awards here.
Posted by Tom on Jun 29, 2014
The Sunday Times have included Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan as one of their top Summer Reads. Nicolette Jones writes: “This enterprising hunt for the Lost Nuts of Legend combines in-jokes with an advent-ure involving a spaceship crewed by animals, a skirmish with The Death Banana, a Darth Vaderish villain, detailed comic strips and a lot of silly speech bubbles. Nuts? It’s crackers.” You can read the full review here.
Posted by Tom on Jun 12, 2014
The Bookseller’s 2014 Risings Stars list has been released, and includes Nosy Crow’s Rights Executive, Ola Gotkowska. The Bookseller write:
“Gotkowska may well be the newest member of the book trade in our Rising Stars, having joined Nosy Crow in July 2012. Yet her impact on the children’s publisher has been incalculable. Scratch that, it is calculable: sales to foreign markets surged an astonishing 34% in the first full year after Gotkowska joined the team, and she is solely responsible for opening up a score of new territories for rights and coedition sales, including Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Gotkowska has also become Nosy Crow’s contact for territories—such as Turkey, China and Japan—in which it uses sub-agents; since she has come on board, Nosy Crow has concluded almost 50 deals in those territories.”
Posted by Tom on Jun 09, 2014
In a hotly contested auction Nosy Crow has acquired world publishing rights in all languages in My Brother is a Superhero and its sequel by screenwriter David Solomons, whose credits include the film adaptation of the E. Nesbitt children’s classic, Five Children and It. Since Nosy Crow acquired rights in the titles, it has accepted a substantial pre-emptive offer for North American publishing rights from Viking Children’s Books, part of the Penguin Random House Group.
Kate Wilson says: “We are hugely proud to have won these books for the Nosy Crow list, particularly in the face of stiff competition from much bigger publishers. At Nosy Crow, we don’t decide to go all-out for many books – it can be the most enormous expenditure of time and energy for an uncertain outcome – but David’s comedy, great voice and nifty plotting united us in our enthusiasm, and we really look forward to communicating that enthusiasm to customers and readers.”
Both Nosy Crow and Viking Children’s Books plan to publish My Brother is a Superhero in the summer of 2015.
Posted by Tom on Apr 16, 2014
Weasels, by Elys Dolan, and Open Very Carefully, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne with words by Nick Bromley, have been longlisted for a new book prize established by the Evening Standard, Oscar’s First Book Prize, in memory of the son of City editor James Ashton, who died suddenly at the age of three. The prize will reward “the most magical book for pre-school children”, and judges include former Pearson CEO Dame Marjorie Scardino.
Posted by Tom on Apr 04, 2014
Open Very Carefully, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne with words by Nick Bromley, has won in the picture book category of the 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize! Lorna Bradbury of The Telegraph described the win as “a just recognition of one of our most dynamic new publishers.”
The prize, now in its 10th year, champions new and emerging talent in children’s literature and is unique in that it is solely voted for by booksellers. You can read more about the prize on the Waterstones website here, and read our blogpost about the evening here.
Posted by Tom on Mar 27, 2014
Two Nosy Crow apps – Little Red Riding Hood and Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm – have been shortlisted in the Best Tech Stuff category of the Booktrust Best Book Awards, making up half of the total shortlist.
The Best Tech award recognises digitally enhanced storytelling. It will reward apps, ebooks and other products that use sounds, visuals, and games in innovative ways to make the reading experience richer and more interactive. The winner will be announced during Children’s Book Week this Summer.
Posted by Tom on Mar 12, 2014
Nosy Crow has been shortlisted for the Best Children’s Publisher of the year Bologna Prize, awarded by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Now in its second year, the prize recognises one publisher from six geographical regions – Nosy Crow are one of two UK publishers shortlisted. You can read more about the prize here.
Posted by Tom on Mar 12, 2014